How and when to use 「そうですね」?


I only know the 2 meanings of it as follow:

  1. Use when thinking - no meaning
  2. Use to agree with others - the meaning is like "yes, I think so"

What else and what situation can it be used?

If someone ask me "これはあなたの財布ですか?”, Can I answer 「そうですね」? Is it strange? or Is it better to answer without 「ね」?


Posted 2011-11-07T15:29:13.030

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1It is better without ね. With ね, it does not sound like an answer about your own thing. But I wonder why. – Tsuyoshi Ito – 2011-11-07T15:36:29.667

3そうですね is an answer to きょうはいい天気ですね ("Today is nice, isn't it?"), and expresses agreeing with opinions/feelings of others. そうです is answer to これはあなたの財布ですか ("Is this your wallet?"). – Amadan – 2011-11-07T20:16:59.407



In your example:


そうですね doesn't work.

The ね at the end gives a feeling of asking for a confirmation (As in yes, right?)

At the beginning of a sentence ね is used to get someone's attention or (if followed by an interrogation mark) to ask for confirmation.

Just use そうです instead.


Posted 2011-11-07T15:29:13.030

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そうですね can also be if you are thinking about the response or even if you are disagreeing with a statement.


It is used by a listener to acknowledge something you said, but not necessarily agree with it. Like, 'I get that you think that, but I completely disagree.'


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